Bagel That’s Not Quite Boss

Two things come to mind when I think about the foods that New York City is known for: pizza and bagels. I like to think that in the 6+ years I’ve been living in New York City, and especially since I started Miss Menu, that I’ve developed a pretty decent ability to separate the good bagels from the bad. They should be crusty on the outside and chewy on the inside.

Last Sunday, I went to Bagel Boss across the street from Stuyvesant Town. I was immediately impressed with the variety of bagels, fish, and salads that they had available. After taking entirely too long to decide what I was in the mood for, I ordered tuna salad on an onion bagel. The sandwiches came with a pickle and side item, and rather than the usual potato salad/coleslaw options, I was able to choose from a dozen different salads or sides. I went with something out of the ordinary, what they called a California salad.

Even before my first bite, I was curious about this bagel. The inside looked exactly like bread. It appears that they didn’t boil the bagels long enough before putting them in the oven. Luckily, the tuna was delicious. It was moist without being too heavy on the mayonnaise. The salad was really great too and very flavorful. Pasta was mixed in a light dressing with sun dried tomatoes, red onions, carrots, and green pepper.

I was pleasantly surprised with the size of this sandwich platter and definitely enjoyed the meal all around. The menu also featured so many other items that I was very tempted to try. The burekahs, knishes, rugelach, and even the pizza in the back all looked fantastic, but they’ll all have to be saved for another visit!

Bagel Boss was crowded the entire time I was there, but fortunately, the line moved very quickly and tables were always available. They also do a very large catering business, with baskets and packages available for all sorts of occasions. Are Bagel Boss’s bagels the bagels that make New York City famous for? No. There are definitely better bagels to be had. But, the selection of salads, sides, and baked goods certainly help make up for it.

Bagel Boss
263 First Avenue
b/t 15th & 16th Streets